Femina: Writing Medieval Women Back into History


“History is written by the victors.” This truism can be felt the further back into the past you look. Medieval texts tell of the battles, victories, land grabs and lives of great men, immortalized by Church and state in our nation’s history. But when it comes to the medieval period, this is only half the story.

In this riveting online talk, Dr Janina Ramirez draws upon years of research and new discoveries to tell the story of those often excluded from our narratives of the medieval past – women. We discover how they were at the artistic forefront in the creation of illustrated texts, blazing trails as industrious business owners, leading armies into battle, politicking their way through society and writing some of the most powerful literature of the period. By taking a fresh approach that is interdisciplinary, diverse and experimental, Dr Janina Ramirez presents a vision of the medieval world with women written back in.

This is a live online event. Bookers will be sent a link in advance giving access and will be able to watch at any time for 48 hours after the start time.